International Journal of Law
International Journal of Law
International Journal of Law
Vol. 8, Issue 6 (2022)

Why the breach of human rights by the Nigeria police force between calls for urgent attention


Stephen T Kalama

The abuse of human rights by Nigeria Police force between 2016 to 2020 against the citizens and foreigners in Nigeria had persisted for several decades despite the hue and cry against Human rights protections. International bodies, notably the Amnesty International, had condemned police abuses in Nigeria. This paper will uncover the actions of the police force that amounts to a breach of human rights in Nigeria. This paper will approach the problem via non-doctrinal and qualitative approach making use off legislations, international statutes, journals, newspaper and internet and relevant texts. The article reveals that despite the constitution of Nigeria, the United Nations and African Charter on Human and Peoples Right guaranteeing the human rights for all persons, the Nigeria government had not performed creditably in curtailing the incessant human rights abuses by the police force and other security agencies. Nigeria was a signatory to the international instruments against Human rights abuses, yet the legislations on human rights have not been well monitored and enforced; hence the Police take laws into their hands and killed persons extrajudicially. This paper will highlight some of the Human rights abuses and the causes of human rights abuses by the police force and make useful recommendations toward restoring sanity in the Police statutory duties and thereby guaranteeing the safety of lives and properties.
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Stephen T Kalama. Why the breach of human rights by the Nigeria police force between calls for urgent attention. International Journal of Law, Volume 8, Issue 6, 2022, Pages 150-155
International Journal of Law